A thematic analysis of existing research into social worker's resilience

Fitzgerald, Louise (2016) A thematic analysis of existing research into social worker's resilience. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The requirement for social workers to be 'resilient' has been widely acknowledged. In this emotionally demanding environment, levels of stress are found to be great which has resulted in the average working life of a Social Worker to be less than those in other helping professions. This ultimately has an adverse effect on the quality of service offered to clients and contributes to retention issues. The aim of this independent research study is to explore the intra and inter personal factors that determine, influence or develop resilience from primary research.
    This study is a thematic analysis of the existing literature in the field of resilience in the professional context of Social Work. 26 studies were identified in the topic area for final inclusion in the literature review.
    The findings from evaluating the literature revealed significant themes detailing the factors that determine, influence or impact resilience and strategies that can be used to develop resilience. The analysis of the iterature suggests there would be benefit from formally integrating strategies for professional resilience into the Social Work curriculum during the Assessed Year in Employment and ongoing continued professional development.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2016 15:16
    Last Modified: 05 Aug 2016 15:16
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/21371

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